Jonathan & Sergey the “Theater Queens” Review Stage Left – Emma
by Howard Zinn, Directed by Jessica Loomer
Historian and playwright Howard Zinn dramatizes the life of Emma Goldman, the anarchist, feminist, and free-spirited thinker who was exiled from the United States because of her outspoken views, including her opposition to World War I. With his wit and unique ability to illuminate history from below, Zinn reveals the life of this remarkable woman. As Zinn writes in his Introduction, Emma Goldman “seemed to be tireless as she traveled the country, lecturing to large audiences everywhere, on birth control (“A woman should decide for herself”), on the falsity of marriage as an institution (“Marriage has nothing to do with love”), on patriotism (“the last refuge of a scoundrel”) on free love (“What is love if not free?”) and also on the drama, including Shaw, Ibsen, and Strindberg. The play will be of immense interest to feminists, American historians, and people interested in the long history of resistance and protest in the United States.